The PRC has established a center for medical 3D printing.
We don’t know much about the new center, aside from its location, Changchun, which is located in the city of Changchun. It holds well over 7M inhabitants and is located a bit north of North Korea.
Evidently the center is in the same city where “hospitals have begun to use 3D-printed artificial joints for prosthetic replacements”, so there’s likely a relationship there. Clearly China is set on exploiting the technology in this area, at least for medical uses.
In the images we can see a wide variety of equipment in use, in particular Shining 3D, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a low-cost 3D scanner.
It’s now clear there are numerous huge opportunities to exploit 3D printing, with many in the medical field alone. It seems that China wishes to take a big step in that direction by setting up such a concentration of effort. Meanwhile, other countries had best take note and consider whether they’d like to organize competing medical centers of excellence – or centers to pursue other 3D printing applications.